Central America Caribbean Cruise

Panama & Colombia: Exploring the Caribbean Coast

Spend 8 days discovering natural and cultural treasures of the Caribbean coast of Panama and Colombia aboard the 100-guest National Geographic Quest. Hike into dense rainforests that harbor extraordinary biodiversity, glide through little-explored inlets by Zodiac and kayak, and meet the indigenous inhabitants of a secluded Panamanian archipelago where age-old traditions remain part of everyday life.

Experience the diverse heritage of stunning cities and remote towns off the beaten path, from the Arab-influenced architecture of Colombia’s Santa Cruz de Lorica to the bustling shores of Santa Cruz del Islote—the most densely populated island in the world.

Highlights of the Panama & Colombia: Exploring the Caribbean Coast cruise include special permission to anchor at Gatun Lake, which forms a major part of the Panama Canal, and a special nighttime crossing of the complex lock system of the Panama Canal. Visit Portobelo, named by Christopher Columbus in 1502, and hike around lush jungles searching for howler monkeys, toucans and parrots. Meet the people who live in Guna Yala, who are the first native group to achieve political autonomy in Latin America.

In Colombia, explore the little-visited area of Necocli, where wildlife abounds and local residents are striving to incorporate sustainable development goals. Celebrate the birthplace of the sombrero vueltiao in the village of Tushin, observing hat makers at their best. Move from white-sand beaches to the densely populated Santa Cruz del Islote, the most densely populated island on Earth. Every moment of this 8-day small ship cruise, whether eastbound or westbound, is spent exploring the diverse culture, flora and fauna of Colombia, Panama and the Caribbean Coast.

Travel aboard the 100-passenger National Geographic Quest. This purpose-built small expedition ship is ideal for exploring Central America’s Caribbean coastline. Appreciate the onboard expedition technology, including a hydrophone, splash-cam, underwater video camera and video microscope.

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